In hot summer days of 2014, we were in Trichy for a weekend to attend wedding of our photography buddy Narayanan Vinoba. On the sidelines of the wedding we covered a few destinations around the city and one among them was Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple at temple town - Srirangam.
|Gopuram and settlement of the temple town|
The temple is one of the three temples of Lord Ranganatha situated in natural islands of river Kaveri. The first one - Adi Ranga is at Srirangapattana, the second one - Madhya Ranga at Shivanasamudra and third/final one - Anthya Ranga at Srirangam.
|Gopuram at outermost Prakaram - The 240 ft high structure is highest gopuram in India|
The temple size is enormous with a 156 acres complex. The largest functioning temple in the world has seven prakaras or enclosures with 21 gopurams magnificent towers providing a unique perspective. The inner five prakaras function as temple and outer two as settlement. The 240 feet high gopuram at outermost prakaram is the highest in India, higher than the eighteen story gopuram at Murdeshwar.
|From the tower viewpoint. One has to pay additional amount Rs. 50 for getting this to view point.|
There are many Mandapams/Halls in the temple. As per UNESCO link, most of these were added later when the temple was under Vijayanagara empire. The temple is one of the latest submission from India to tentative list of new addition to UNESCO World Heritage site.
Very thick rope which is used the pull the chariot during temple's utsavam